photograph of the sun's surface taken by the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope

Solar Telescope Photograph of the Sun's Surface

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Solar Telescope Photograph of the Sun's Surface is a viral image of the first detailed image of the sun's surface as taken by the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope in Hawaii. The image inspired a series of jokes and comparisons with many saying the image resembled unpopped popcorn.

Origin

On January 29th, 2020, the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope in Hawaii released the first detailed images of the sun's surface (shown below).[1]



Spread

That day, the National Science Foundations tweeted the images and videos of the findings. One video received more than 2.9 million views, 33,000 likes and 12,000 retweets in less than three days (shown below).

Following the release of the image, people began comparing the image to different foods, such as garlic bread and the Indian food chikki (shown below, left and right). Others compared it to popcorn products. For example, Twitter[2] @jbiebsballin_ shared a photograph that received more than 1,300 likes in less than three days (shown below, right).


Midnight Palma @MidnightPalma I'm not trying to compete with the sexiness of the suns surface, but how many likes can the surface of my garlic bread get? Siddharth Panda @realslimsiddy The most detailed image of the Sun's surface we've captured is basically that of a low res Chikki. 11:49 PM · Jan 29, 2020 · Twitter for Android @jbiebsballin_ Replying to @NSF @NatSolarObs and 2 others Yum! 8:40 PM · Jan 29, 2020 · Twitter for iPad

On January 30th, Redditor [3] crawlspeed posted a picture that compared the image to a rice cake (shown below). They wrote, "The new photos of the sun's surface, look like a close up of a rice cake."



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rm7 @rm71991 Replying to @NSF @NatSolarObs and 2 others Looks a bit like my favourite cereal HONEY MONSTER Each 30g sening cortaine ARTIFICIAL ofan a guldete daly amount Puffs Sugar with hone goodnes 200ge Natural wheat puffs Olazed with honey & brown sugar 1:46 PM · Jan 29, 2020 · Twitter for Android ON ANYTHING Rafael Didis @Rafael48059461 Replying to @NSF @samsheffer and 3 others "Pé de moleque" in Brazil!!! 2:04 PM · Jan 29, 2020 · Twitter for Android @NSF · Jan 29 National Science Foundation The NSF's Inouye Solar Telescope provides unprecedented close- ups of the sun's surface, but ultimately it will measure the sun's corona – no total solar eclipse required. More: bit.ly/36FAJLO #SolarVision202o 0:14 2.9M views 2 Dec 2019 19.243IUT O 33.7K 821 27 12.9K LegoTM LegoTM @Times3rd Replying to @NSF @NatSolarObs and 2 others Now I just want some caramel popcorn 6:06 PM · Jan 29, 2020 · Twitter for Android
@tellalok Replying to @NSF @NatSolarObs and 2 others Resembles a popular snack in India 10:56 PM · Jan 29, 2020 · Twitter for Android Aytirn नृत्य दुमी ॐ @GorkhaCheli Replying to @NSF @NatSolarObs and 2 others We eat similar to this. Peanut and jaggery sweet. 6:36 PM · Jan 29, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone Kumar Shubham @professor_WTAF Sun's surface looks like chikky from India. 11:32 PM · Jan 29, 2020 · Twitter for Android

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